Posts from the ‘West Side’ Category
Click the photos for more photos, possible new releases pending.
For Pete’s sake click the photos for more photos of the same event.
Wow, I haven’t posted in a week, and I’m posting photos from a month ago. I’ve never been behind in my photos until recently. I’m stoked because it means I’m working hard.
I shot the LA Release Party for To Live & Ride in LA at Royal/T out in Culver City for Streetsblog LA. Check out the photos they posted up, the ones down here are extras, and of course, fto see the whole 32 photo set, click on the photos to be redirected to my Flickr.
Tibby Rothman posted an article on LA Weekly’s “Style Council” blog this morning promoting David Rowe‘s (director) film To Live & Ride in LA and it’s worldwide premiere at the Royal/T in Culver City this Saturday (‘book event). They interview TOLA blogger Sean Martin and fixed gear freestyle pioneer Keo Curry who are both in the film.
And as with most (bicycle) articles on the Internet, it comes with (bicycle) haters. This guy is so ignorant l think he might be a troll. Enter Sfsmuglefty (you may need to read the article to understand some of this):
5 things: 1-Bike in the photo not in bike lane or even on the right side as car behind approaches-cars did build the road he’s on, 2- the guy in the story is riding on a busy shared street on a vehicle without brakes if it were any other vehicle it would be illegal, 3-the guy is riding without insurance which would also be illegal, 4-people do stupid acts whether a bicyclist running down a pedestrian or a car driver not looking before turning I ride here in SF I’ve bailed on bicycles and motorcycles and I’ve been hit by a car while in a car and as a pedestrian nearly run over by cars and bicycles I’m not whining about either. I surf there are several surfers who have been attacked by sharks they don’t bitch about the shark’s mistake if a surfer wants to ride a tsunami hey they’ll go for it but the surfer isn’t going to whine about the wave when they get beat up, 5- there is a difference between someone making a mistake and someone who chooses to do something stupid don’t throw yourself into LA traffic without brakes and expect that tsunami to watch out for you-when you’re in traffic you to have a responsibility to those around you even on a bike.
PS why are bicycle fanatics such a bunch of irresponsible cry babies-did your mothers stick helmets on your heads at birth cover your houses in padding and have one of those “baby on board” stickers in the rear window of her passive aggressively driven Volvo? Is that how you got such a warped perspective your mothers filling you with absurd expectations of what the World owes her little baby?
I shouldn’t even give this the time of day, but since an intern from LA Weekly asked me to post their article, this was the funnest way I could do them the favor.
1 – The rider on the left, Sean Martin, is legally overtaking a slower cyclist occupying the right lane.
2 – But it’s not illegal. And what is your point anyway? Fixed gear bikes have one brake (your legs resisting the direct drive), it’s not a redundant system and can be safer (by adding cable brakes). If you think riding a fixie without brakes isn’t right for you (which it shouldn’t be for most people, the fad will fade), don’t do it.
3 – Which would also be illegal in your fantasy world? It’s not illegal to ride a bicycle without health insurance or insurance on the bike. And if it were illegal to ride a bicycle without health insurance, wouldn’t it, in your fantasy world, be illegal for people to drive cars without health insurance too?
4 – People need to be held accountable to the predictable consequences of their actions. If a car hits a pedestrian or cyclist the consequence is usually much worse than if a cyclists hits a car or pedestrian. That’s why bikes aren’t supposed to be on sidewalks and deserve their own separated lane; so they don’t hit pedestrians. It’s your right to surf, it’s not your right to drive. Driving is a privilege. As for being attacked by sharks. Isn’t that a predictable risk of surfing? Driving is a privilege to make sure there aren’t any sharks on our roads to kill innocent surfers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
5 – You’re right. Everyone needs to be held to the predictable consequences of their actions. Drivers and cyclists need to respect each other (reciprocity) so we can all get where we need to go as safely and quickly as possible.
P.S. What’s up with your Freudian analysis of cyclists? We expect too much because our mom’s were over protective? I ride a bicycle because I can’t afford a car.
Oh, and btw, fuck you.
First off, you ever heard this song? I couldn’t get the hook out of my head while I was shooting this crap. Play this while you check out the photos.
Oddly enough these dancing fools got a positive response from most of the cars they danced in front of, on top of.
Click the photos for more photos. 44 in all! And dancing in the street is dangerous. Don’t do it.
Pier Pressure has been one of my favorite rides since I moved to LA. The route is Santa Monica Pier to Venice Pier and the ride takes all day. We couldn’t have had better weather and no one got arrested.
Click on the photos for more photos. Part 2 is coming soon. Will they be in black and white? Only Newark knows!
Bike houses come and go. The West Side has four right now (that I know of): Casa de Angelopes, FISHMOUND, Hulk Lab, and Jurassic Park. Everyone dreams about pooling money together with their friends, and leasing an amazing apartment, compound, or warehouse (with a house inside of it), but few get their shit together and make it happen.
This time Jurassic Park was hosting, and it was my first time. Time to get clever.
JP is a compound. There is a main house and a finished garage house with an upstairs deck, all of which is surrounded by 7 foot fence. I entered through a side gate in-between the two main buildings. There were bikes everywhere. I kind of stood around in awe for a minute and then went in the garage and lost it. I just kept screaming and freaking out. I had heard that they built one, but two?!
Two electric assist bike cars with one giant speaker system. They have the chassis of a small dune buggy and the motor of a golf cart. And one of the cars has a flame thrower on top of it. They can go over 30mph and are seriously loud. People had drum machines, iPhones, whatever plugged in there throughout the night.
Then we ran out of beer. So Shues and I went to save the night. We got just enough money for three 12 packs. On our way back from the store we saw a couple of cops all sneaky cop walking towards the party so we turned around, walked away, and got on our phones to warn our friends inside. We took a slow walk around the neighborhood and by the time we came back the po po was gone gone. Back to the party, just a little quieter.
I hadn’t even taken out my camera at this point. When I did all hell broke loose. It was one of those nights where people really wanted to get naked in front of a camera. Thank god I had one. We did Kryptonite’s next ad campaign, drew on each others bodies, and slapped each others skin.
Fun was had by all. To JonnyBoy, P, and Shues, thanks for hosting a great party. It was a great pre-compression for Salton Sea 4.